Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

DYW - Interesting practice: Preparing flexible learning pathways for young people with additional needs - Parkhill Secondary School

What is this?

​​​Parkhill Secondary School in Glasgow has developed an exciting and innovative approach to preparing young people with additional support needs for the world of work.

In partnership with colleges and employers, the school has established their own Enterprise Academy that provides pupils with work-based learning opportunities and industry relevant qualifications.​

Who is this for?

​This case study will be of particular interest to teachers and senior leaders in secondary schools and special schools.​

It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards​ as well as School / Employer Partnerships.

The Enterprise Academy was opened in February 2017 and classes began in August 2017 with young people attending from across the city. At present courses are focused on 3 key areas where there is evidence of employment routes for young people with Additional Support Needs.

  • hospitality
  • horticulture
  • customer services and administration.

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Word file: Parkhill Secondary School (63 KB)

The school has used the Career Education Standard to reflect on the progress made in delivering against the expectations set out within the standard:

PDF file: Parkhill Secondary self-evaluation (2.5 MB)

Word file: Career Education Standard and the self-evaluation and reflection – Appendix 1 CES Learning Resource (2.4 MB)

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The following videos outline the format, experiences and impact of the Academy programme:

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What was done?

Several rooms were transformed as part of the development with a professional kitchen, café area, hotel bedroom and Office completed between 2016 and 2017. A new boot room was also added to the already established Horticulture area at the rear of the school. These areas allow the school to offer realistic work environments where young people can develop skills for learning, life and work.

Courses are delivered by Parkhill staff in conjunction with staff from City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Kelvin College.


To support young people with Additional Support Needs into positive and sustained destinations.

What was the impact?

To increase number of young people going into employment, training or further education which is more closely linked to employment.